No, not really. Honest, I do know my history. I have a degree in it and everything!
Here's a brief timeline of how the Declaration came to be. PLEASE NOTE: It took 4 days, FOUR DAYS! for congress to debate, change, add, subtract, and ratify the Declaration. What's wrong with us now?
June 12-27: Jefferson, at the request of the committee, drafts a declaration, of which only a fragment exists. Jefferson's clean, or "fair" copy, the "original Rough draught," is reviewed by the committee. Both documents are in the manuscript collections of the Library of Congress.
June 28: A fair copy of the committee draft of the Declaration of Independence is read in Congress.
July 1-4: Congress debates and revises the Declaration of Independence.
July 2: Congress declares independence as the British fleet and army arrive at New York.
July 4: Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence in the morning of a bright, sunny, but cool Philadelphia day. John Dunlap prints the Declaration of Independence. These prints are now called "Dunlap Broadsides." Twenty-four copies are known to exist, two of which are in the Library of Congress. One of these was Washington's personal copy.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Signed— John Hancock
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis
Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith,
George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca,
Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr.,
Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton